We found exceptional wines and great value in Ray's Creek! This month, exclusive to WineCollective, we are featuring both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These California delights are chock full of personality and offer loads of complexity for a discerning palate, but without breaking the bank.
California is the heart of US wine, accounting for 90% of the country's total production. Due to the wide and varied terroir, California is able to produce a plethora of varietals, each suited to unique climate and soil type. Several grapes flourish across the state and produce defining styles based on what part of the region they are grown in. Chardonnay is the most widely planted white varietal and can be found rich and oak aged, or sharp and fresh. The hotter vineyards found inland produce ripe and tropical flavours, while the coastal vineyards are cooler and allow for better acidity and flavours of stone fruit and citrus.
Chardonnay can be cellared (think white Burgundy), but the majority of Chard produced is meant to drink in its youth while fresh. This bottle has had just enough time to relax and really round out. We found loads of great layers of flavour and really enjoyed drinking this wine at 10 C, and suggest serving within the next year.
A glistening hue that is found somewhere between lemon-gold and butter.
Inviting and intoxicating, there is a richness found on the nose that exudes scrumptiousness and delight! From the time spent in oak barrels, we can sense the warmth of butter, toffee, toasty oak, banana, and some smoke. The fruit component mingles with the wood and gives caramelized pineapple, passionfruit, mango, and floral.
There is an underlying note of sweet citrus fruit that carries underneath, connecting all the layers of flavours together. Light but decadent notes of oak, popcorn, butter, and caramel create a luxurious palate. The fruit profile is tropical and ripe, and we note passionfruit and mango that pair well with the toasty, rich secondary notes. The acidity is necessarily solid to cleanse your palate and create room for a fresh sip.
Chardonnay with oak ageing and rich flavours usually call for butternut squash ravioli or soup — this has become the 'go-to' pairing. But we also like lobster rolls, pork tenderloin, or poached halibut.
Chardonnay, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Chenin Blanc
Retail: $22.99 Club: $18.49